Cats APPG

First Registered: 26/04/2018 • Last updated on: 10/03/2021

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The APPG is a group of MPs, peers and associate organisations with an interest in feline welfare, aiming to promote and further feline welfare. It seeks to support discussion and debate about what the public, politicians and the government can do to further feline welfare.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.


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Recent Documents related to Cats

1. Animal welfare during the covid-19
02/06/2020 - Early Day Motions

Found: welfare organisations during covid-19; notes that Cats Protection, along with other animal welfare organisations

2. Debate on an e-petition relating to the identification of pets
13/06/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: opened by Martyn Day MP. The petition New law that cats killed injured by a vehicle are checked for a chip:

3. Make it a legal requirement to microchip pet cats
10/08/2020 - Petitions

Found: to be microchipped but not cats. It should be a legal requirement for cats to be chipped too, this would

4. Make the spaying/neutering of domesticated cats compulsory.
21/03/2021 - Petitions

Found: Domesticated/pet cats should be spayed/ neutered when old enough. The cat population is increasing all

5. Make cat theft a specific illegal offence.
28/12/2020 - Petitions

Found: least £5,000. Cats are family members. Current laws don't reflect this. Dog fighters steal cats to kill them

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Cats

1. Pet Identification
17/06/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: for compulsory scanning of the microchips of all cats that are injured or have died in road traffic accidents - Speech Link
2: found cats on social media, Helena set up the first deceased cat group on Facebook, “Deceased Cats UK and - Speech Link

2. Cat Welfare
11/12/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: to the back of their house and I saw a number of cats who had been either neglected, injured or abandoned - Speech Link
2: Is he aware that in 2016 the press reported 202 cats as having been shot in the United Kingdom, with - Speech Link
3: does an amazing job at looking after and re-homing cats. I also pay tribute to my own cat, Pudding, who - Speech Link

3. Pets (Microchips)
23/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: is not true for cats, despite being the second most popular pet in the UK. Instead, cats are often picked - Speech Link

4. Domestic Animals
15/04/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: companion animals and a resultant hike in prices, with Cats Protection reporting a 40% price rise for kittens - Speech Link
2: listening to the concerns of stakeholders, not least Cats Protection, and there has been recent parliamentary - Speech Link
3: well-being of their cats, as well as reducing the number of wild birds that cats take each year, which - Speech Link

5. Animal Rescue Homes
26/02/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: year was an incredible 9 million dogs and 8 million cats. That means that an estimated 44% of households - Speech Link
2: debate is taking place. I visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home only yesterday and came away with a very positive - Speech Link
3: works. Membership of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes has raised standards in rescue centres—I am - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Cats
1. Cats
asked by: Lord Black of Brentwood
28/10/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unowned cats in the UK.

2. Cats
asked by: Lord Mann
11/09/2017
... (b) to tackle the overpopulation of feral cats and (c) to reduce the spread of diseases by feral cats.

3. Cats: Tagging
asked by: Rosie Cooper
24/07/2020
... when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the compulsory microchipping of cats.

4. Cats: Coronavirus
asked by: Scott Benton
10/07/2020
... what steps the Government is taking to increase public awareness of the importance of keeping unneutered cats aged four months and over inside while access to neutering services is limited during the covid-19 outbreak.

5. Cats: Tagging
asked by: Scott Benton
25/06/2020
... what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the compulsory micro-chipping of cats.

Latest Questions
6 Current APPG Officers
Sheryll Murray Portrait
Sheryll Murray
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - South East Cornwall
Joined: 31st July 2019
Andrew Gwynne Portrait
Andrew Gwynne
Co-Chair
Labour - Denton and Reddish
Joined: 4th November 2020
Lord Black of Brentwood Portrait
Lord Black of Brentwood
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 26th April 2018
Patricia Gibson Portrait
Patricia Gibson
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - North Ayrshire and Arran
Joined: 26th April 2018
Layla Moran Portrait
Layla Moran
Treasurer
Liberal Democrat - Oxford West and Abingdon
Joined: 26th April 2018
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mrs Sheryll Murray MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 3000.

Email: sheryll.murray.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Ben Parker, Battersea, 4 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4AA. Tel: 020 7627 7898

Email: info@apgocats.org.uk

Group's Website:

http://www.apgocats.co.uk/

Benefits in Kind
Date
6 Mar 2019
Source
Cats Protection
Description
Secretariat   From : 06/03/2019 To : 05/03/2020
Value
£1,501
Date
6 Mar 2018
Source
Cats Protection
Description
Secretariat   From : 06/03/2018 To : 05/03/2019
Value
£1,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Cats APPG

Former APPG Officers
Steve Reed Portrait
Steve Reed
Co-Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Croydon North
Joined: 26th April 2018
Departed: 24th September 2020
Maria Caulfield Portrait
Maria Caulfield
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Lewes
Joined: 26th April 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Steve Reed Portrait
Steve Reed
Co-Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Croydon North
Joined: 26th April 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
David Drew Portrait
David Drew
Secretary
Labour (Co-op) - Former Member for Stroud
Joined: 26th April 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Victoria Prentis Portrait
Victoria Prentis
Vice Chair
Conservative - Banbury
Joined: 26th April 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
2 APPG Memberships
Child and Youth Crime , Social Media
Ross Thomson Portrait
Ross Thomson
Vice Chair
Conservative - Former Member for Aberdeen South
Joined: 31st July 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Rehman Chishti Portrait
Rehman Chishti
Vice Chair
Conservative - Gillingham and Rainham
Joined: 31st July 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
2 APPG Memberships
Kuwait , Missing Children and Adults